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it was an assassination attempt and when you bring your craziness and your grievances into that realm and make it dangerous to be a public servant, that diminishes america and i think that's what the president's going to talk about tonight. >> joan walsh, thank you for joining us tonight. i appreciate it. >> sure. >> that's "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. you can watch the memorial paying tribute. president obama appeals for u t unity and healing at the memorial for those killed in the tucson shooting. the northeast gets walloped by its third major storm of the season. one year later, haitians pause to remember the hundreds of thousands killed by last year's devastating earthquake. good morning, everyone, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc.
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we begin this morning with the long journey to recovery. healing began last night in arizona with a moving memorial service honoring those who lost their lives in saturday's mass shooting, and those being hailed as heroes. president obama led the emotional ceremony with welcome news that congresswoman gabrielle giffords took an important first step on her own road to recovery. nbc's jay gray reports. ♪ >> reporter: they say there's a strength and comfort that comes in numbers. more than 26,000 gathered on the university of arizona campus, spilling out of the mchale center and into the stadium next door. each looking for that strength, along with hope and healing. >> there is nothing i can say
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that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. but know this -- the hopes of a nation are here tonight. >> reporter: this is a community that desperately needed a reason to cheer, and they did. [ applause ] they cheered for the wounded, the handful who were there. some still with i.v. poles or in wheelchairs. they cheered for heroes like internal dan hernandez who helped gabrielle giffords cling to life when the shots rang out. >> gabby opened her eyes for the first time. >> reporter: and they cheered as the president shared the latest on giffords' condition. >> gabby opened her eyes. so i can tell you she knows we are here. she knows we love her. and she knows that we are rooting for her. >> reporter: it was also a memorial to the six who were lost. each remembered for their lives and their acts. one of the most emotional points
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when the president stressed that little 9-year-old christina green could not die in vain. >> i want to live up to her expectations. [ applause ] >> i want our democracy to be as good as christina imagined it. i want america to be as good as she imagined it. >> reporter: expectations the president urged to rise above the harsh rhetoric and dialogue that's come to frame the political debate in our country. >> it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we're talking with each other in a way that heals. not in a way that wounds. >> reporter: wounds that may be slowly beginning to heal. jay gray, nbc news, tucson. >> it was an emotional ceremony. well, it's only the second week of january, but this morning the northeast is cleaning up from yet another major winter storm that dumped more than two feet of snow in some areas. nbc's kurt gregory report.
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>> reporter: mother nature's latest punch lands in new england. another big dig underway for residents from new york to maine. >> reporter: how's it been shoveling so far? >> back-breaking. >> reporter: heavy snow toppling power lines. more than 100,000 lose power in massachusetts. >> it's cold, and i have lots of blankets. >> reporter: whiteout conditions in boston. yet logan national airport stays open. one runway operating in the blizzard. connecticut also buried by the storm. more than two feet on the ground in new fairfield and danbury. >> we need the mac daddy snowblower of all snowblowers and we don't have that one, so it's a pained. >> reporter: the near-record snow causing the partial collapse of an apartment roof and providing a winter holiday for kids all over new england. the new york area spared this time. nine inches fell in the big
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apple, but plow crews were up to the task. and if winter misery loves company, then the northeast has plenty of it. there's measurable snow on the ground in 49 of our 50 states. kurt gregory, nbc news. here's your first look at some of the other news going on around america today. in massachusetts, amateur video showed just how severely wednesday's snowstorm affected the northeast when a power line caught fire. look at that. it completely exploded. yesterday's storm caused a wave of power outages with exploding transformers and downed power lines. thousands were left in the dark. in california, a cliff tumbled down to the beach leaving some houses in danger of collapse. city engineers say the slide is part of an ongoing erosion problem that is a natural occurrence, but it's worsened by recent rains. residents on private property are working with city officials to get permits to stabilize the wall. and in texas, there are laws
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against drinking and driving, but drinking and riding? that's right. a cowboy clad in leather chaps and his partner, one on a horse, the another a donkey, were taken in for public intoxication. police say the men stopped in the middle of traffic, inviting pedestrians to take pictures and pet the animals. can't script it. for weather we turn to nbc meteorologist bill karins. this is why we ride our horse and donky to work in the -- donkey to work in the morning completely sober. for the record, you ride the donkey. >> that's where i was -- uh-huh. >> just for the record. >> so that would be one donkey next to another? >> exactly. no, wait -- >> you have to figure that one out. >> i'm going to write this down so i can -- >> let me know when you figure that out. i'll apologize later. let's talk about the storm. it was a big storm. connecticut, just blockbuster, historical snowstorm for you. with hartford, we saw 25 inches
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of snow. record for the city there. with boston we picked up 15. we also had blizzard conditions in massachusetts for three to four hours. you know, everyone pretty much from new york city northward picked up a foot. new york officially had nine. philadelphia, five, as the storm was a little smaller back there. and this was the incredible thing. it's not just this storm, it's all the storms combined. plus, it's been such a cold december and first half of january that we have snow on the ground just about everywhere in about the bottom -- top 2/3 of the country. now 71% of the lower 48 is now covered with snow. and the only snow in the state we have is florida. of course, hawaii has the very tall volcanos, the tops sometimes have snow, and they do right now. this white line shows you where the bottom of the snow line is. northern arizona has snow. we have snow in the northeast corner of arkansas. even northern louisiana still has snow. and this was about a couple days ago to a week now that we had the snow in the deep south. usually when it happens, the snow melts.
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that's not the case. it's been so cold. even atlanta still is dealing with icy conditions, four to five days later. that's because our jet stream is just dipping way to the south, bringing down that cold, arctic air. this morning, we're in the negative numbers in kansas city. minneapolis at one. because all that snow was on the ground, this air doesn't modify. it just continues to sink all the way down to new orleans and all through areas of florida. look at orlando this morning at 34 degrees. and that windchill is not fun this morning. the areas in the midwest were in the negative numbers. minus 14 in kansas city. you notice in the east, it's not going to be a warm day. we're not doing any melting any time soon. high today in new york, 29. boston, 3. no big warm -- 30. no big warmup until probably monday or tuesday of next week. >> thank you very much. the fed's mood brightens. a late christmas present for autoworkers. and a cashier's mistake pays off big for one lotto winner. your first look at this morning's business shutdowns straight ahead. >> reporter: also, the war of
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welcome back to "first look," i'm lynn berry. here's some of the top stories making news this morning -- it was a day of mourning in haiti where residents commemorated the first anniversary of their devastating earthquake with memorial service, prayer vigils, and a minute of silence yesterday. former president bill clinton also joined the country's president to lay the cornerstone for a new national tax office. and officials dramatically revised the death toll from the quake upwards to more than 316,000 killed. previous estimates had put the figure at around 250,000. rescuers in brazil are searching for dozens missing after flash floods and mud slides tore through towns outside rio de janeiro killing at least 25 people in 24 hours. authorities say the death toll is likely to rise as they reach
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remote areas. sarah palin has lashed out at her critics, posting a video on facebook where she says it is "blood libel" to accuse her of helping to create a heated political climate that led to the tucson shootings. however, the former alaska governor sparked new controversy by invoking a phrase with a past fraught with anti-semitic symbolism. and new government figures show that last year was the wettest on record, and it tied 2005 as the hottest since recordkeeping began back in 1880. as we just mentioned, the debate over what some are calling the nation's increasingly caustic political climate appeared to deepen yesterday with sarah palin's controversial comments. last night on "hardball," host chris matthews asked political commentator ron reagan for his response to palin's denial that heated political rhetoric can be dangerous. >> all this rhetoric about guns, second amendment solutions, lock and load, all of that kind of thing, the cross hairs.
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sarah palin didn't put an american flag lapel pin on gabrielle giffords' congressional district. she didn't just put a checkmark there. she put gun sites there. this is irresponsible. you know, sarah palin when she was -- released her video, she quoted my father talking about personal responsibility, don't blame society for, you know, individuals' crimes. well, i think it's time for sarah palin and people like her to take personal responsibility hearses. it's not that sarah palin's responsible for gabrielle giffords' shooting or the deaths of this 9-year-old girl or others, but there's a context here. a context of a violent society with a lot of murders every year, a fetishization of guns and gun use, and a cavalier attitude toward mental health, as well. >> lean forward with "hardball with chris matthews," weeknights at 5:00 and 7:00 eastern on msnbc, the place for politics. now here's your first look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 11,755 after
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adding 83 points yesterday. the s&p rose 11 points. the nasdaq was up 20. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei gained 76 points while in hong kong the hang seng added 113. who knows how long it's going to lasts, but wall street's recent rally made a comeback yesterday. worries about european debt died down after portugal pulled off a better than expected bond auction. meanwhile, high hopes for bank stocks and bigger dividends sent financials higher. jpmorgan chase and bank of america both gained 2%. adding to the upbeat mood, the fed said the economy is slowly moving in the right direction. its latest beige book survey found improvement in factory production, consumer spending, and even hiring at the end of 2010. grain prices shot up after the government predicted corn and soybeans will be in short supply this year, fueling fears about rising food prices. invidia boosted the tech
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sector soaring 15% on bets on its mobile chip technology. itt shot up 16% on news it will split into three separate companies. oregon's attorney general is suing johnson & johnson over a so-called phantom recall in motrin in 2008. accused of delaying a formal recall by quietly pulling defective pills off shelves before notifying consumers. good news in detroit. according to "the new york times," ford and g.m. are about to hand out what could be the largest profit-sharing checks in a decade to their hourly workers. and finally, for one kentucky woman, it pays to be polite. she didn't argue when she was accidently charged double for a lotto ticket, that quadruples your ticket if you win. it turned out to be one lucky mistake. instead of $250,000, she raked in $1 million. not bad. coming up, the nfl playoff
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trash talking heats up. the clippers dunk the heat. and duke goes down. orlando three pointers in the final minutes force overtime against the hornets. did the magic end there?
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welcome back to "first look," i'm lynn berry. in sports, it's still early in the college basketball season, but the mighty have already fallen. here's nbc's mario solis. >> reporter: hi there, good morning.
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the top-ranked blue devils had rattled off 25 straight wins going back to last season. but the streak came to an end last night in florida. taking on florida state, the seminoles were up by four after the first, and adding to it in the second, hinton had a game-high 22. singleton drills the three-pointer. florida state pulls off the huge upset beating the number-one team in the country 66-61. magic and hornets pick it up late in the fourth. new orleans up three. turkoglu from beyond the arc tie its and forces overtime. stopping and popping for the lead, horton's win in ot. phoenix rallies in the fourth and keeps it going in ot. channing frye's dunk giving the suns a lead. then vince carter there for the put-back. suns win 118-109. los angeles clippers had a 21-point lead on the heat when miami rallies.
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lebron jamesci drills the three. another thunderous dunk by blake griffin. surprise, the clippers beat the heat 111-105. the jets and patriots hate each other, rex ryan commented. now it's gotten personal. the back page of the new york "daily news," "bleep time brady and added he's a bleep hole." yesterday carmody held his ground while brady took it in stride. >> i'm sure there's a long list of people that feel that way. >> i said what i had to say. in my opinion it's never going to change about brady. at the end of the day it's going to be what it's going to be. he hate he, he hate the jets, who cares? >> reporter: that's a first look at sports, i'm mario solis. here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. bill, please, no profanity. keep it clean. stick to weather. >> of course, lynn. with a smile on my face. and this snowstorm is just the
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third in three weeks. there are areas of connecticut, especially western connecticut, that picked up about two feet yesterday. picked up a foot in areas around danbury, connecticut, on sudden. of course the blizzard right -- on saturday. of course the blizzard right after christmas hit there, too. some areas have three to four feet of snow on the ground currently in peterson connecticut. the storm is gone. it's going to be cold through the upcoming weekend. windchill is around seven. if you didn't get out and plow or shovel yesterday, it's not fun this morning. areas even down to d.c. very cold. pittsburgh's at eight. windchill in buffalo is minus one. today, it's going to be another blustery day. it's going to be breezy in the afternoon especially. buffalo could have snow showers. i know they have late snow this morning. even pittsburgh could see flurries. the big cities are sunny, and you're dry. it is very cold. temperatures about ten degrees below average. and lynn, no big warmup. the warmest air we're going to see in boston, sunday's the only day we'll be above freezing. that snow and slush, it's here to stay.
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welcome back to "first look," i'm lynn berry. and last night on "late night with david jimmy fallon," as bill mentioned earlier, the state of florida may be the only current state with no snow, but that only made it a target for jimmy. >> florida is currently the only state in the u.s. without any
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snow on the ground. that's true. but just to be safe, they're going to keep driving like there is. the exit's coming up, put your blinker on. it says it's four miles from here. here's tv news. the 10th season of "american idol" premieres next week. the show's producers say that randy jackson will be taking on a bigger role. no word yet on if he's going to put butter on it or just eat it dry. just a bigger -- [ applause ] >> what? my dog, you're my dog. finally, a company in new jersey is recalling more than 200,000 pounds of discolored beef that smells weird. yep. their names are snooki, vinny, the situation -- >> and tonight jimmy welcomes donald trump from "celebrity apprentice," jennifer goodwyn from "big love," and more. that's weeknights 12:35, 11:35
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central time on your nbc station. nicole kidman admitted what many had suspected despite repeated denials. she told a german magazine to stay wrinkle free in addition to a good diet and working out, she tried botox. she didn't like the way her face looked afterward, adding "now i don't use it anymore, and i can move my forehead again." after a monday disturbance at an l.a. hotel and an interview with dr. phil set to air today, ted williams, the golden voiced homeless man who became an overnight sensation, is actually now headed to rehab for alcohol and drug dependency. "us weekly" reports kate hudson and rocker boyfriend matthew belle me are expecting a baby. and yesterday on "today," kevin james confirmed he and his wife are expected a third child. and will becoming a novelist ruin snooki? the "jersey shore" star toned down the poofy hair and she told
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the associated press, "i miss people calling me nicole." i think she still plans on saying b'donk. i think one of the words, right? >> i don't know if we're supposed to repeat a lot of those words. >> sure, bill. come on. >> i'm too innocent for that. >> yeah, yeah. when you're down -- >> i'll watch the latest episode. >> when you're fist pumping in the make-up room. sure, sure. i'm lynn berry, and this is "first look" on msnbc. stay tuned, "way too early with willie geist" starts right now. it's importance for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we're talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. >> president obama delivers a stirring tribute to the victims of last week's attack in tucson, drawing loud, emotional cheers from the arena crowd throughout. the question is, what did he say to the rest of us about the way we talk

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